Crisis In Auto, Crisis For Us All

Auto has long been America's most important industry, the main engine of the world's richest economy. Industry unions were the historic pace setters for wages and benefits that once gave credibility to the "American Dream" of a blue collar middle-class.

Today all this is up for grabs. Delphi is in bankruptcy and many think General Motors is headed down the same road. The United Auto Workers (UAW) first gave GM billions of dollars in health care concessions—and then passed along a similar deal to Ford and Daimler-Chrysler. Now GM has an agreement with the UAW to offer buy-outs in an effort to permanently eliminate tens of thousands of UAW jobs—and that pattern will likely be carried over to the rest of the industry too.

Auto union membership, long in decline in both absolute numbers and industry "density," is now in a free fall.

Ultimately all North American workers are impacted by the crisis in auto. This is a time for the widest solidarity with and among embattled workers in all industries. This is a time for a wide ranging discussion of principles, strategy, and tactics. This is a time for action.

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Discussion On the Future Of the American Labor Movement

The UAW Convention
by Bill Onasch
Part One—Selective Memory and a Cold Forge

Part Two—Bureaucrats and Dissidents

Part Three—Toward A Long Term Strategy For All Fronts

Workers Will Rule When They Work To Rule
by Gregg Shotwell


Main Industry Unions 

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United Auto Workers

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Canadian Auto Workers

IUE-CWA Automotive Conference Board

Some Unofficial Rank-and-File Sites

UAW New Directions Movement
Future Of the Union
Members For Change
The Barking Dog
Live Bait and Ammo

Working Class Publications
With Extensive Auto Coverage

Labor Standard
Labor Notes

Socialist Action
Socialist Worker

Best Boss Press Coverage

Auto Insider--Detroit News

Sign Up For the KC Labor List

KC Labor Home


Some Analytical Articles

UAW Helps Accelerate Attrition At GM—May Be Forced To Fight Delphi
by Bill Onasch

UAW Capitulation Leaves All Of Us Vulnerable In Class War
by Bill Onasch

Fightback Needed Against GM Threats Jobs, Healthcare to Be Slashed in Auto
by Andrew Pollack

Will Delphi bust the UAW?
by Lee Sustar

A Living Wage: No Longer on the Auto Industry’s Agenda
by Jane Slaughter

Delphi and the Hatchet Man
by Gregg Shotwell

Companies Use Bankruptcy Laws To Force Bigger Givebacks, Break Unions
by Chris Kutalik

UAW Members Nation Wide Uniting For Change
by Rob Wilson

UAW Defeat at General Motors: The Class Struggle Road Ahead
by Jeff Mackler